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What is Neuro Pilates TOC Talks Season 2 Ep. 7

Welcome back to TOC Talks!


In Season 2, Episode 7, our host, Andrew Kistner, dives into the fascinating world of Neuro Pilates with special guest Brittany Pratt, a Licensed Physical Therapist and Pilates Instructor. Join Andrew and Brittany as they explore how Neuro Pilates can help tone not only your body but also your mind. Discover the benefits of learning this innovative skill and how it can enhance your overall well-being. Don’t miss this insightful conversation on TOC Talks!


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Celebrating Celiac Month at The Village of TOC

As we embrace the beauty of May, we also celebrate Celiac Month. This is a time dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. The Village of TOC, is a unique place where gluten-free dining is more than a dietary option; it’s a fundamental part of the community.

Open to the Public: A Culinary Journey

One of the highlights of The Village of TOC is its culinary offerings, which are open to the public and entirely gluten-free. Here’s a glimpse into the delightful dining options available:

  • Colossians 3:23 Coffee House: Start your day with a perfect cup of coffee at this charming café. Whether you’re a fan of espresso or a creamy latte, Colossians 3:23 Coffee House offers a variety of delicious beverages. Pair your coffee with a gluten-free treat from our case.
  • The Village Cafe: For those seeking a hearty meal, The Village Cafe serves up an array of gluten-free dishes. From breakfast staples to lunchtime favorites, every dish is crafted with care to ensure a safe and satisfying dining experience.
  • The Smoothie Station: Refresh and rejuvenate with a visit to The Smoothie Station. Offering a colorful selection of smoothies packed with fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious ingredients, this spot is perfect for a healthy treat on the go.
  • The Village Bee-stro: The Bee-stro is a charming, bee-themed eatery perfect for enjoying a relaxed lunch or hosting business meetings and social gatherings. Its cozy atmosphere makes it an ideal spot for both casual and professional occasions.

A Hub for Growth and Learning

Beyond its culinary excellence, The Village of TOC is a beacon of hope and progress for children receiving ABA therapy. The facility features specialized rooms designed to support children as they transition from one-on-one learning environments to school-like settings. This innovative approach not only helps children develop essential academic skills but also prepares them for future success in a structured school environment.

Join Us in Celebrating Celiac Month

This May, as we honor Celiac Month, we invite you to visit The Village of TOC. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a delicious gluten-free meal, explore the variety of retail options, or learn more about the innovative ABA therapy programs, The Village of TOC offers something for everyone.

Come and experience the unique charm of The Village of TOC—a true haven for those seeking a gluten-free lifestyle and a testament to the power of community and innovation.

Join Us at the Oxford Kids Foundation Derby Gala 2024

Mark your calendars for May 4th, 2024!

The Oxford Center is hosting the Oxford Kids Foundation Derby Gala, a special event benefiting children with disabilities, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. We’re committed to providing crucial therapies and medical care not covered by insurance, empowering these children to thrive.

There’s still time to join us for this transformative evening! Purchase your tickets now and be part of an unforgettable night filled with elegance and entertainment. Your ticket directly contributes to providing essential treatments for these deserving children.

Get Your Tickets!

Visit the Oxford Kids Foundation Derby Gala website to secure your spot. Every ticket purchased represents a lifeline for a child in need. Let’s come together to make a difference—one child, one therapy, one Gala ticket at a time.

Thank you for your support, and we can’t wait to see you at the Derby Gala!

Poking Perceptions: Acupuncture Unveiled TOC Talks season 2 Ep. 6

This week, Andrew Kistner sits down with Carol Kramer, a practitioner of Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Together they discuss what Chinese medicine and acupuncture is, how it works, the science behind it, and what it can do for YOU. Join us for the interesting and insightful discussion on alternative therapies to help you live a healthier and more fulfilling life.



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TOC Talks Ep 5 “Beyond the Stage: Kenny Chesney’s Tour & Oxford Kids Foundation”

In this episode, our host, Andrew Kistner, sits down with Buzz Dwayne Gibson, a key member of country music icon Kenny Chesney’s road crew.

Join us as we uncover the behind-the-scenes of Kenny Chesney’s tour, exploring Buzz’s firsthand experiences and insights into the production of one of the most anticipated tours of 2024, the “Sun Goes Down” Tour. But that’s not all! We also delve into Buzz and Andrew’s involvement with the Oxford Kids Foundation and their incredible work. Plus, get ready for an exclusive reveal of an unbelievable auction package featuring Kenny Chesney himself!

Picture this: 2 lower bowl seats to the Kenny Chesney 2024 “Sun Goes Down” Tour at Ford Field in Detroit, MI, on August 10th, 2024. But it doesn’t stop there. This package is a fan’s dream come true, offering:

– On-stage tour with a crew member for a behind-the-scenes look at the concert production

– Autographed guitar

– On Stage Photo Op

– Sand Bar and Vibe Room Passes

– Various Kenny Chesney concert swag

This is your chance to experience the concert of a lifetime like never before, with exclusive access and one-of-a-kind memorabilia to cherish forever. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime. Tune in now!



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“Passing Along the Heritage” – Empowering Adventures for All TOC Talks Season 2 Episode 4

In this episode of TOC Talks Andrew Kistner sits down with Steve Potrykus the president of the PATH foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps create opportunities for disadvantaged families and individuals to experience “outdoor heritage” such as hunting and fishing. Join Andrew as he talks with Steve about some of the inspiring stories and amazing individuals that help pass along the heritage.



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Cultivating Verbal Communication: A Study of Applied Behavior Analysis in Autism Intervention

As a team at The Oxford Center, we are immensely proud of the recent publication authored by our esteemed colleagues Tami Peterson, Jessica Dodson, Tiffany Hosey, Robert Sherwin, and Frederick Strale Jr. Titled “The Effects of Applied Behavior Analysis on Verbal Behavior With Autistic Individuals Using the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VBMAPP) and the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS),” this article delves deep into the impact of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) on verbal behavior among individuals with autism.

The research conducted by our team members meticulously examines the effectiveness of employing two prominent assessment tools, the VBMAPP and ABLLS, in tandem with ABA interventions. Their findings underscore not only the importance of ABA methodologies but also the nuanced ways in which these assessments can inform personalized treatment plans for those on the autism spectrum.

We are particularly impressed by the article’s commitment to evidence-based practices and its potential to shape future interventions in the field. By eluding to the intricate relationship between ABA techniques and improvements in verbal behavior, this research contributes invaluable insights to the broader discourse on autism intervention strategies.

Overall, the conclusions drawn in this article are outstanding and we recognize its significance in advancing our understanding of effective therapies for individuals with autism. We commend our colleagues for their dedication to empirical research and eagerly anticipate further collaborations aimed at enhancing the quality of life for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Here is the link to the entire publication. Click here to read more!

Research Update! TOC Talks Season 2 Episode 3

Welcome to TOC Talks! Join host Andrew Kistner as he sits down with Fred Strale Ph.D., Assistant Director of Research at The Oxford Center, for an engaging discussion on the latest research updates. From Fred’s research projects to cutting-edge discoveries, this episode offers valuable insights into academia’s evolving landscape. Tune in to stay informed and inspired!



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What is TheraSuit and Intensive Physical Therapy? TOC Talks Season 2 Ep. 2

In this Episode of TOC Talks Andrew Kistner and special guest Alicia Hisey, Director of Clinical Services, dive into the world of Therasuit therapy and intensive physical therapy.



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The Power of Sensory Integration Therapy: An Interview with Alicia Hisey


In the constantly changing world of therapy and rehabilitation, the commitment to ongoing education and professional development is vital for practitioners to refine and enhance their expertise. We had the privilege of sitting down with Alicia Hisey, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Neurological Clinical Specialist, Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Certified Autism Clinical Specialist, and now, certified in Ayres Sensory Integration, to discuss her latest certification and its profound implications for therapy practice. Let’s delve into our conversation.

What is your new certification and its description?

Alicia Hisey proudly announces her recent achievement: the Certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration (ASI). Per Doctor Hisey, “ASI allows me to use the sensory systems to integrate everything: how we navigate our world, feel under our skin, and sensory interpretation. The sensory systems are so complex that it takes learning about them in particular. I can now use all the info to guide the treatment, especially in children and adults with Autism. They often can’t understand their sensory system, which leads to increased behavior and a confused nervous system. Now that we are able to understand the systems, we can start treating the underlying issues in the sensory systems.”

How does this certification integrate with the other certifications you have and/or use daily and what are some of your goals moving forward?

Alicia underscores the significance of ASI in her practice, emphasizing its integration with other disciplines. “The 8 sensory systems fall stronger into disciplines; the balance being a huge part of Physical Therapy, oral motor sensory and understanding is in speech. Taking the deeper understanding and addressing sensory systems where they belong is pivotal.” Alicia expresses her commitment to enhancing clinicians’ understanding of the profound involvement of sensory systems in daily functioning.

How would you pitch this therapy to someone who was interested in it?

Alicia makes a compelling case for sensory integration therapy, stating, “Everyone relies on their sensory systems to interpret their world. By improving the sensory systems, you can enhance your body’s navigation of the world.”

What is your favorite thing that you have learned about this certification?

Reflecting on her journey, Alicia shares, “I have learned to look at the little cues; a lot of times, having this deeper understanding of the way kids do what they do with their surroundings, I can now relate it back to a cause.”

In conclusion, Alicia Hisey’s journey with the Certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration underscores the transformative power of continuous learning and specialization in therapy. As she continues to pave the way for enhanced understanding and effective treatment, her expertise serves as a beacon of hope for individuals navigating the complexities of sensory integration challenges.